I have taken Firefox 4 beta 5 for Android for a test spin on my Galaxy Tab, and am happy to report the browser handles the tablet screen with ease.
The mobile space is exploding with smartphones in every pocket and tablets on the horizon. James Kendrick brings you the latest news from the mobile world and a breakdown of what it means to you.
James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' writing has appeared in many print publications: Smartphone and Pocket PC Magazine, Information Week and Laptop Magazine to name a few. James' coverage of the mobile technology sector has regularly appeared in the New York Times, Salon.com and CNN/ Fortune online. Not just a writer, James has filmed numerous video reviews and how-tos that have garnered well over a million viewers. He has appeared on local news segments and been interviewed by the Associated Press on mobile technology topics. Additionally, James has been podcasting about mobile technology for years.
The Motorola XOOM is now available for purchase from Verizon and reviews are popping up all over the web. The XOOM, and more importantly Android Honeycomb, is definitely a work in progress.
The nature of the computing ecosystem guarantees that those faced with problems caused by software updates will not find any company stepping up to get the problem resolved quickly.
Netbook News reports the 7-inch Android-bearing HTC Flyer is on sale at Cyberport for €499 ($686). This price includes VAT (19%) so the US price would be in line with the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
I am a mouse person, but I am tired of wireless mice that constantly need batteries. Microsoft has just released the Express Mouse, a simple wired mouse that has the cord placed at an angle.
Splashtop Remote is an iPad and Android app that allows the user to remotely control a Windows PC with a smartphone or tablet. The app is cheaper than other apps that provide this function.
Unlucky Samsung phone owners are finding the Windows Phone 7 update corrupts the firmware, rendering the handset inoperable (bricking). Microsoft admits the problem and also confirms that carriers have the right to refuse software updates for customers.
The Atrix 4G just released by Motorola is as closed as a device can be as the company has locked the bootloader, making custom ROMs a much dicier proposition to create and install.
The following polls will generate an interesting comparison of what platform readers are currently using on their smartphone, along with what platform the next smartphone will be running.
Rovio Mobile is confirming that a paid version of the Angry Birds game will be introduced for the Android platform soon. This version will get rid of the ads currently appearing in the game.
Google has taken great pains to make Android a completely open platform that works to the user's benefits. That is mostly true, but there are several layers of "openness".
Business travelers may have missed a recent announcement by FedEx and HP that makes it simple to print from a BlackBerry at many FedEx Office (formerly FedEx Kinkos) locations.
The mobile space is growing so fast, that it seems there are new product announcements every day. There are a few simple rules for companies to follow that will make products launches more successful than current practices.
A survey conducted by the NPD Group of 2,400 tablet owners shows a marked decrease in usage of the PC in favor of the tablet.
The 90/10 rule is based on the years I have covered mobile technology, and the observations I've made of countless users of said technology. A good UX is crucial to get a good customer reception, and the 90/10 rule can go a long way to getting one.